Last year Samsung gave us a glimpse of what a premium looking phone could be with their Galaxy A line up, the A3, A5 and A7

All with the beautiful and stylish look we wanted to our Galaxy S5, on a smaller form factor, price and specs.

This year though they decided to join the “budget club” delivering some really good phone with a good price, with that in mind they recently launched an updated and upgraded version on the “A” series with the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 of 2016

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Unlike they predecessors, these variants follow the design language of the Galaxy S6 with a metal and glass construction.

These devices were set to launch in China this month but now we know they’re coming to our shores as soon as January 8th

But let’s take a look under the hood of the new Galaxy A line

Galaxy A3 (2016)

Network: LTE Cat.4 * May differ by markets and mobile operators
Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
Core: 1.5 GHz Quad Core
OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Camera: Rear : 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
Video:MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM
Additional features: Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage with Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
Dimension: 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g
Battery: 2,300mAh

Galaxy A5 (2016)

Network: LTE Cat.6 * May differ by markets and mobile operators
Display: 5.2-inchFHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
Core: 1.6GHz Octa Core
OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Camera: Rear : 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
Video:MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM
Additional features: MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB Storage with Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
Dimension: 144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3mm , 155g
Battery: 2,900mAh, Fast Charging

Galaxy A7 (2016)

Network: LTE Cat.6 * May differ by markets and mobile operators
Display: 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
Core: 1.6GHz Octa Core
OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Camera: Rear : 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
Video:MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM
Additional features: MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
Memory: 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage with Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
Dimension: 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, 172g
Battery: 3,300mAh, Fast Charging

As you can see the A5 and A7 are the Big brothers packing even a Fingerprint reader while the A3 is what’s now consider “the compact version” allowing you to have almost everything you could ask in conservative color options like Black, White and Rose Gold.

These 2016 A series has as you could see a significant downside, they come with Android 5.1 instead of coming directly with 6.0  but this probably change really soon.

Now what really matters is the performance and that is something that we’ll see when they get here. The new Galaxy A line up is schedule to release on January, although we only have the price of two of these devices:

The Galaxy A3 will costs €329, while the Galaxy A5 will be €429 we have no info about the A7 but seeing the difference between the other two, this one will probably come at €529 (or maybe less)
This is at least what the only European retailer (in Nederland) is asking for them.
What do you think about these new boys? Will you take one home with you if they hit your local retailer?  Let us know in the comment section bellow or Tweet us using #TechBuzzIreland
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Written by Vicente A. George

Technology enthusiast. 10 years in love of mobile technology; Radio Shows Co-producer, Chef and photographer on my free time, I've spend most of my teen and adult life searching for tech that helped me on my daily activities. TechBuzzIreland American Correspondent, for Spanish and American content and contacts